Religion and lying goes together like priests and altar boys. And the Islamists are some of the biggest liars around. Or the dumbest. Take your pick. And they are lying about those cartoons.
Now catch up here. They are running around killing each other and setting buildings on fire because they contend that the printing of these cartoons in Western newspapers insults some sand-sucking prophet. Supposedly printing these cartoons is some major violation of their silly taboos. And only insensative Western types would do such a horrible thing. LIE!! IT'S A LIE TENS TIME OVER.
Long before most Western newspapers had published these cartoons an Egyptian newspaper had published them with out a single protest. Here is a picture of that page for you to witness yourself.
Below is a close up of the front page of the paper. You can see the date quite clearly. And for the Americans who date things all on their own what this means is the 17th day of the 10th month not the 10th day of the non-existent 17th month. And the date is 2005. That's well before the religious riots. This Egyptian newspaper is Al Faqr which is a descent sized paper so it wasn't as if this could have gone unnoticed. But until tied to the racist anti-Western views of the Islamists no one paid attention. Admit it, these people are racists and bigots and hate mongers. And they have learned that if they point their dirty fingers at the West that years of left-wing induced guilt complexes will get everyone rolling into a ball on the floor and apologizing and begging for forgiveness for offending a Third World peoples. And the usual culprits in such things are doing just that.
You might wonder why the appearance of these cartoons in the midst of a major Islamic nation several months ago didn't cause a ripple of protest. Well the reason brings us to the big lie. Islam has no prohibition against depicting their prophet. The whole claim itself is a lie. Amir Taheri, in the Wall Street Journal, puts that myth to rest. He writes:
"The claim that the ban on depicting Muhammad and other prophets is an absolute principle of Islam is also refuted by history. Many portraits of Muhammad have been drawn by Muslim artists, often commissioned by Muslim rulers."
To illustrate this point below is a painting from 1595 which is supposed to depict Islam's founder and his followers advancing on Mecca while accompanied by a gaggle of angels.
If you click on the title of this post it will take you to the website of Bilkent University in Turkey. They have copies of numerous illustrations of Muhammad from hundreds of years ago displayed. These paintings of the so-called prophet were commissioned by Murad III, the ruler of the Ottoman Empire (1574-1595). They illustrated a biography of Mohammad, Siyer-i Nebi. When the project was completed the illustrated book took up six volumes and contained 814 illustrations. Other images of Mohammed can be found in museums throughout the Muslim world. The elite troops of the Ottoman army, the Janissaries, had a medal with a bust of Mohammad's head on it.
Remember the Islamists are on a political crusade much as American fundamentalists are and they will lie and deceive as part of that crusade. The real purpose of the outrage, which was called from by various Islamist political groups, is not about religion. It is about politics. And they want to try to force the West to apologize to prove to their followers that they have power. And too many Western politicians, cowards to the core, are willing to give these fanatics precisely what they want.